Member Spotlight – Phillip Moore

Name: Phillip MooreTitle: National Account Manager/ REALTORCompany: AHI Corporate Housing AHI Corporate Housing provides fully furnished apartments for short term stays of 30 days or longer. We work closely with area schools, hospitals, businesses, Real Estate Companies, etc to ensure their clients have a place to live while transitioning to their more permanent home. How long have you been a member of the Propeller Club?3 years What benefits do you see being a member of the Propeller Club?Being a member of the Propeller Club allows me the opportunity to keep a finger on the pulse of everything happening at the Mobile Port as well as along the Gulf Coast. The connections I have made, and will hopefully make in the future, will be valuable resources I can take with me in my personal and professional development.

Member Spotlight – USA Health Industrial Medicine

At USA Health Industrial Medicine, we specialize in workers’ compensation evaluation, treatment, physical exams, and medical surveillance. Our expert team is ready to meet the needs of employers large and small. We provide acute care services for work-related injuries and preventive care for illnesses. Located at 1976 Michigan Avenue on the Brookley Aeroplex, our clinic provides easy access to employees needing testing and follow-up care when needed. In addition to our facility, our medical team is equipped to provide on-site industrial medicine services at your place of business along the Gulf Coast. Some of our on-site services include worksite evaluations, 24-hour medical coverage/staffing, drug and alcohol testing, hearing tests, immunizations, physical exams, respirator fit tests and more. To schedule our medical team for on-site services at your business, please call us at (251) 660-5910. We are the only industrial medicine clinic in the region backed by the resources of an academic medical center. Being a part of USA Health means also being a part of a system of elite medical teams across multiple locations:USA Health University Hospital – home to the only level I trauma and burn center in the region offering specialized care that cannot be found anywhere else on the gulf coast. A Level I trauma center is required to have 24/7 in house coverage by trauma and neurosurgery attending physicians. USA Health Mitchell Cancer Institute – the leading research facility in the region. MCI serves as a center for advanced services in the treatment of cancer with radiation, surgical and medical oncology. USA Health Children’s & Women’s Hospital – the only hospital in our region dedicated to the care of women and children. We offer unique services to support the continued education of mothers and children, treat chronic illness both in inpatient and outpatient settings, and serve high-risk and surgical patients. When accidents happen, we help your employees get the care they need. We treat your employees in an efficient, economical and convenient manner, so they can return to work as soon as possible and you can reduce lost time and disability. USA Health Industrial Medicine is open Mon – Fri 7:30 AM to 5:00 PM, with no appointment necessary. Call (251) 660-5910 or for more information.

2022 Propeller Club Maritime & Industrial Classic

Our annual Propeller Club Maritime & Industrial Classic will be held at TimberCreek Golf Club on November 3, 2022. Proceeds will go towards supporting the Catholic and Baptist Maritime Ministries, Child Advocacy Center, scholarships and more. 11:00 am Registration and Lunch | 1:00 pm Shotgun start | 5:00 pm Happy Hour (Free Beer/Cash Bar) $125 – Individual Golfer$500 – Four Person Team$30 – Dinner Only Platinum Sponsorship – $2500 – $250 discount if you sign up a team as well.Two hole signs, electronic name/logo displayed during pre and post tournament meals, name/logo featured on Platinum sponsorship banner, and verbal recognition multiple times through the day.   Food Sponsorship- $2000 – $125 discount if you sign up a team as well.Hole sign, electronic name/logo displayed during pre and post tournament meals, listed on sponsorship banner, and verbal recognition multiple times.   Beverage Sponsorship – $2000 – $125 discount if you sign up a team as well.Hole sign, electronic name/logo displayed during pre and post tournament meals, listed on sponsorship banner, and verbal recognition multiple times.  Putting Contest Sponsorship – $1000 – $75 discount if you sign up a team as well.Hole sign, electronic name/logo displayed during pre and post tournament meals, listed on sponsorship banner, and verbal recognition.  Signature sponsorship – $500 – $50 discount if you sign up a team as well.Hole sign, electronic name/logo displayed during pre and post tournament meals, listed on sponsorship banner, and verbal recognition.  Hole Sponsorship Sign – $250 – $25 discount if you sign up a team as well. Online Registration open through October 20, 2022

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Joint Luncheon with Oilfield Connections International 

Offshore Connections International East Gulf Coast chapter is once again combining networking forces with the International Propeller Club of Mobile for special JOINT luncheon event on Thursday (June 30) at Moe’s BBQ in Downtown Mobile. Please join us as we continue to create opportunities to connect with professionals within the Marine, Offshore, O&G and Port Operation industries.

2021 Member of the Year

Michelle CroweCEO and Founder, e-worc The Governors of the Propeller Club of the United States, Port of Mobile, Alabama have selected Michelle Crowe, CEO and Founder of E-worc, the 2021 Propeller Club of Mobile, Alabama Member of the Year.  Michelle joined the Club in 2020 and quickly hit the ground running. With a background in marketing and website design, she quickly recognized that the club’s website was antiquated and not functioning at the capacity we needed. Recognizing Michelle’s natural leadership abilities the Board of Governors invited Michelle, and she readily accepted, to a position on the Board as Marketing Chairperson. Working closely with our Webmaster, Richard Tremayne, and Communications Director, Kelly Rushing; Michelle was able to identify problematic functions on our website and found solutions that saved thousands of dollars in fees. She has donated the time of her company and employees to see that the Propeller Club’s web presence and social media presence improve vastly. She has helped create a presence for our club on Linked In and other social media websites.  Not one to sit idle, enjoying the aforementioned success, Michelle created and launched the Waterfront Meetup Social Hour. This was a wholly new idea as the Propeller Club’s only other monthly event were luncheons and she was looking for other ways to bring in younger members. She recognized that some of our membership would also enjoy spending time together after work, socializing and networking. Michelle identified a sponsor for this event and it greatly offset the cost to the members and cost nothing for the club.  Her desire to see the Propeller Club increase membership and become a more inviting group has led to many new, diverse members. Michelle’s energy is contagious and the Board of Governors, in addition to all membership, is blessed to have Michelle’s participation and vision.  It is with great pride and pleasure that we award our Propeller Club Member of the Year for 2021 to Michelle Crowe, CEO and Founder of E-worc.

2021 Maritime Person of the Year

Captain LaDonn Allen, USCG, Sector CommanderCoast Guard Sector Mobile The Governors of the Propeller Club of the United States, Port of Mobile, Alabama have selected Captain LaDonn Allen, U. S. Coast Guard, Sector Commander of Coast Guard Sector Mobile as the 2021 Maritime Person of the year  Captain Allen is the Coast Guard Operational Commander for Sector Mobile, which encompasses parts of four states.  This includes 435 miles of coastline, 1,900 miles of inland waterways and five Deepwater ports.  She commanded a force of 680 active duty, 185 reservists, 32 civilians and 390 Auxiliarists, five patrol boats, five Aid to Navigation teams and two inland construction tenders.  Under her superb command, Sector Mobile and its sub units responded to: 3,266 response cases encompassing 886 national response center reports, 774 marine and environmental pollution cases, 112 security incident investigations, 1,306 search and rescue cases with 2,321 lives saved or assisted and $32,057,005 in saved or assisted property, and 553 marine safety casualty investigations Captain Allen has served as the Sector Commandeer since 2019.  In September 2020, we had hurricane Sally and then in October 2020, we had Hurricane Zeta.  Under her watch, Sector Mobile Waterways and Aids to Navigation teams were able to quickly get the aids in place and the channels opened.  She personally coordinated with port officials, pilots’ organizations, Army Corps of Engineers, port officials and many other stakeholders to reassure all that the Sector Mobile US Coast Guard was leading the recovery and reopening.  In her three years in Mobile, she has responded to 8 hurricanes and coordinated the response to over 1200 pollution cases associated with all the hurricanes.  Captain Allen has led the US Coast Guard in the response to the worldwide pandemic, Covid-19.  This included establishing policies and procedures to handle vessel arrivals with positive cases.  One of the results of the pandemic was tremendous increase in recreational boating traffic and commensurately, search and rescue cases.  Sector Mobile responded to 421 SAR cases in 2020 and increased to 592 in 2021.  .   In preparation for Brookley field becoming the passenger terminal for the Mobile area in 2024, Captain Allen and Sector Mobile assisted in the planning and execution of a mass rescue exercise simulating a downed passenger aircraft in Mobile Bay, the first of its kind for the area.   Under Captain Allen’s leadership, Sector Mobile prepared for, and executed, the first landing of a manned space capsule in 45 years, the first nighttime water splashdown of a capsule in 53 years, and the splashdown of the longest-duration mission of a U.S spacecraft.  These operations were the first time the CG supported capsule recoveries and were the first landings in the Gulf of Mexico. Finally, as part of her role as the Area Maritime Security Coordinator, she established a first of its kind Regional Response Call process for ReCom (DHS Regional Coordinating Mechanism) partners to coordinate responses to emergent maritime threats in the northeast Gulf of Mexico. Captain Allen has served as an advisor to the Board of Governors of the Propeller Club of Mobile and has been an active participant inmore

Annual Meeting

Dinner – Catered by Moes Original BBQ Drinks – Craft Beer from Braided River Brewing Company, cider, hard seltzer and non-alcohol options Awards for: Maritime Person of the Year and Member of the Year

25th Annual Rufus B. Lee Gumbo Cook-Off

The Propeller Club, Port of Mobile, will host the 25th Annual Rufus B. Lee Gumbo Cook-Off at Cooper Riverside Park on May 20, 2022, from 5:00 to 8:00 pm.  The Gumbo Cook-off recognizes National Maritime Day, a day annually set aside to recognize America’s maritime industry, and especially those who serve at sea.  The Gumbo Cook-off celebrates Mobile’s waterfront, on the waterfront, which serves as the featured attraction for the event from scenic Cooper Riverside Park. The Cook-off also highlights GulfQuest, the National Maritime Museum of the Gulf of Mexico, and all proceeds from the event will go to support GulfQuest. The Gumbo Cook-off will feature maritime displays, activities for kids, music, and, of course GUMBO!  Tickets to attend are $15 for 13 and over, and will include gumbo, beer and soft drinks. Registered teams will compete for the best tasting gumbo as decided by a distinguished panel of judges. Food service establishments have the option to participate non-competitively with recipe samples other than gumbo. KIDS ACTIVITIES:  GulfQuest will have games and art projects for kids. Free hot dogs and popcorn will be available while supplies last (for kids of all ages). There are three ways to participate in the Gumbo Cook-Off (and you can participate in any or all):  as an Attendee, as a Sponsor, and as a Team. Team Registration $200: Make sure to choose your tent spot when registering your team. When registering, teams will select their 15’x15’ space on the waterfront. Please note this allows for a typical 10’x10’ popup style tent with nearly 2’ on either side between your tent and the next tent.Please note that tent location is subject to adjustment pending the number of teams. Sponsors Gold Sponsor Silver Sponsor Beverage SponsorSteiner Construction Entertainment SponsorOakworth Capital Bank T-Shirt SponsorsPort City RentalsCrescent TowingHyundai GlovisHand Arendall Harrison SaleCowles, Murphy, Glover & Associates Barry A. Vittor & Assoc. Inc.Alabama Port AuthorityOil Recovery CompanyArmbrecht Jacksone-worc marketing & advertisingHost Agency Coca-ColaHooks Marine TerminalParker TowingCore IndustriesThompson CATAdvanced Technical Staffing Calagaz PrintingBurr FormanNorton Lilly InternationalPage & JonesMobile Bar Pilots Gumbo Cook-off Teams Booth Number Booth Number 1 Parker Towing Company 11 Page & Jones (Hot Dogs!) 2 Armbrecht Jackson 12 Page & Jones 3 Alabama Port Authority 13 Karl Senner, LLC 4 Hand, Arendall, Harrison, Sale 14 US Coast Guard ATC Mobile 5 Alabama Shipyard 15 OHC 6 Norton Lilly International 16 Crescent Towing 7 The American Equity Underwriters, Inc. 17 Core Industries 8 Lewis Pest Control 18 Oil Recovery Co 9 Catholic Maritime Ministry 26 Seabulk Towing 10 Mobile Bar Pilots, LLC 27 APM Terminals If you need any additional information, please contact: Tami Bell-Dembski: | 251-525-1021 or Wendy Crocker: | 251-680-7716 Click here to download the flyer and details. Purchase Tickets Online ticket sales are open until May 17th at 5 PM, but we will have tickets available at the gate. You can also purchase t-shirts online with your tickets. We have three spots left if you haven’t signed your team up.

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GulfChat with John Archer of Catholic Maritime Industries

Guest Speaker John Archer will speak on seafarers is in conjunction with Maritime Memorial day. GulfQuest Gulf Chats are informal talks featuring knowledgeable presenters discussing topics important to the maritime industry. Guests will have an opportunity for Q&A following the chat. Due to social distancing guidelines and safety protocols, seating is limited. Register Now

The China Challenge

hosted by The Navy League of the United States Mobile Council Register Now:

Member Spotlight – Lauren Katz-Vales

Lauren Katz-Vales is this month’s member spotlight. Lauren is a new member of The Propeller Club and is the Director of Sales for Inner Parish Security Corporation. IPSC’s goal is to provide the best services for a well-designed, cost-effective security program that protects their clients’ personnel and assets, adds value and provides a competitive edge to their clients and other stakeholders through minimization and mitigation of security incidents. Their staff has the experience necessary as former military, intelligence and law enforcement operatives with a collective experience base extensive enough to meet and exceed any and all requirements. Welcome to the club Lauren.

Member Spotlight – Nikki Hocutt – Seabulk

Name: Nikki HocuttTitle: Operations ManagerCompany: Seabulk We assist vessels docking in ports in the U.S. Gulf, Florida coast and Caribbean. Seabulk’s experience, assets, and dedication to our customers distinguishes us as an industry leader. I manage 30 employees and I oversee every aspect of our operation in the Port of Mobile. How long have you been a member of the Propeller Club?Since December 2005 – 16 years What benefits do you see being a member of the Propeller Club?There are many benefits of being a Propeller Club member but my favorites by far are the friendships I have made and being a part of the wonderful contributions we make to the community. Maintaining membership in a maritime industry club like this one keeps me in touch with other professionals in my area and keeps me well-informed on current events.